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‘Top Chefs All-Stars’ chat: The show’s best dish

A reader asked our “Top Chef All-Stars” analystswhy Padma Lakshmi decided to introduce last night’s elimination challenge while wearing a bikini guaranteed to turn Mike Isabella’s brain into conch meat. Joe Yonan and Bonnie Benwick had swift answers.

“Maybe she’s going to have a work-out video out soon?” Food Editor Yonan pondered before delivering a more decisive opinion:

“I think that the reason they put Padma in a bathing suit is God, did you see Padma in a bathing suit? It worked!”

“She was,” added Deputy Editor Benwick, “the best dish on the show.”

Want more insightful commentary on last night’s show? Watch the video chat above.

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.


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